The city has received a 2011 Loss Prevention Leadership Award from the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust for its “ongoing commitment to risk management and training and for its dedication to ensuring workplace safety.” Mayor Scott Avedisian accepted the award March 8 at a luncheon held at the Crowne Plaza.
In bestowing the award, the Trust noted that the city has made risk management an organizational priority, with city officials attending various training sessions. The Personnel Department also took part in a federal audit that compares the city’s compliance with drug and alcohol testing mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation for safety sensitive drivers and completed the audit with minimum recommendations.
The Trust also recognized the city’s request for a loss prevention assessment at the walking trail on its property at Rocky Point, and the Department of Public Works’ immediate steps to implement the Trust’s recommendations, including addition of warning signs, installation of handrails at a staircase leading to the water and development of a documented inspection plan for the trail.
In addition, the Trust noted the Warwick Sewer Authority’s “hard work and dedication” in getting its treatment facility up and running in the aftermath of the historic 2010 floods, which destroyed the building, wiped out six pumping stations and led to numerous sewerage back-ups.